Most families across North Carolina are turning up their thermostats to combat dropping temperatures. For low-income families, however, cranking up the heat is not always an option. These families pay 14% or more of their annual incomes for energy compared with only 3.5% for other non low-income families. Unable to pay gaping balances or hefty re-connection fees, some families are considering how they will survive this winter without heat.
The Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program reduces the energy burden on low-income families by installing cost-effective, energy efficiency measures.
Mountain Projects’ Weatherization technicians use computerized energy audits and advanced diagnostic technologies, such as blower doors and duct blasters, to determine the most cost-effective measures for each home. They also assess related health and safety conditions. . After our crews provide services, families experience an average energy use reduction of 20 percent or more. This means that hundreds of dollars are put back in their pockets to buy groceries, visit a doctor, buy medicine, or improve some standard of living.
Serving as the nation's core program for delivering energy efficiency services to low-income households, the Weatherization Assistance Program prioritizes service to the elderly, persons with disabilities, and households with children. The Weatherization Program serves every county in the nation through its network of state and local agencies. For more information about the Weatherization Assistance Program, please call Cheryl Wilkins at 828-452-1447 ex. 118
The Housing Development Division operates a multiplicity of housing programs. The programs are income driven and are designed to provide safe, decent, affordable, energy efficient housing to low income people in Haywood and Jackson Counties. The availability of funding varies according to funding cycles and actual grant awards.
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